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Mr. Bear's Colors book
#65
Mr. Bear's Colors
Written and illustrated by Virginie Aracil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Virginie Aracil's charming Mr. Bear is back-this time to lead toddlers on an extraordinary adventure through the world of colors. Just as Mr. Bear's ABC pushed the boundaries of what an ABC book can be, this oversized volume features an equally eclectic collection of appealing retro-chic images, introducing the youngest readers to an orange fox bearing orange carrots, a green snake with an apple in its belly, a rainbow-colored doughnut, and even purple rain! The vibrant assortment encourages curiosity, helps build vocabulary, and is sure to make learning about colors a lot more fun.

A Life Made by Hand book
#66
A Life Made by Hand
Written and illustrated by Andrea D'Aquino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. This lushly illustrated book by collage artist Andrea D’Aquino brings Asawa’s creative journey to life, detailing the influence of her childhood in a farming family, and her education at Black Mountain College where she pursued an experimental course of education with leading avant-garde artists and thinkers such as Anni and Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg. Delightful and substantial, this engaging title for young art lovers includes a page of teaching tools for parents and educators.

Hungry Jim book
#67
Hungry Jim
Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Chuck Groenink
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Jim wakes up one Tuesday morning, he doesn't feel like eating his pancakes. In fact, Jim doesn't feel like Jim. He feels rather, well, beastly. But he is hungry. Very hungry....This clever and relatable tale of moods from Laurel Snyder and Chuck Groenink offers a lighthearted depiction of the beastliness that lives inside all of us—and the power we have to put it in its place. Surprising yet satisfying, this richly illustrated book brims with humor that readers of all ages will be roaring to devour.

What Miss Mitchell Saw book
#68
What Miss Mitchell Saw
Written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual—a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell’s extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America’s first professional female astronomer. Gorgeously illustrated by Diana Sudyka, this moving picture book about a girl from humble beginnings who became a star in the field of astronomy is sure to inspire budding scientists everywhere.

Lucy Tries Basketball book
#69
Lucy Tries Basketball
Written by Lisa Bowes and illustrated by James Hearne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional player. Jermaine gives the kids lessons on the fundamentals of the game and how to play three-on-three. When the kids finish, Jermaine invites them to watch him play in a pro game. Lucy, Ava and friends cheer on the players, keeping an eye out on the real court for the skills they learned at the playground. Lucy Tries Basketball is the fifth title in the Lucy Tries Sports series, following books about hockey, soccer, short track and luge. The series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation. To find out what Lucy will try next, visit lucytriessports.com.

  1. Small in the City - It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but this child has some good advice for a very special friend in need. When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood. That makes for some pretty good advice for a small feline friend. Like, alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark. Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree. And, if the city is too loud and scary, a small cat can always just go back home, where it's safe and quiet. In his first author-illustrated picture book, Sydney Smith tells a contemplative, quiet story from the perspective of a child searching for a beloved lost cat.

  2. Snack Attack! - From the creator of the popular world of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! comes a wry and witty story in which no snack is safe from the monster that is the Kid. Perfect for fans of Creepy Carrots and A Creepy Pair of Underwear. They had been warned of the dangers that lurked outside of their packages, but they didn't care. These three snacks were on a mission to have some fun, and no Monster Kids could stop them. The world of the kitchen belonged to Cookie, Pretzel, and Cheese Doodle -- or so they thought. But when the three treats find a chilling note from Mom, they know it's time to come up with a plan to save themselves from the horrifying threat of the Kid. What should a smart Cookie and her friends do? Terry Border creates a brand-new, deliciously eerie masterpiece in which the kitchen tables are turned, and after-school snacks become the heroes of a sweet and salty story of survival.

  3. The Hundred and One Dalmatians - Dodie Smith’s classic tale adapted into a playful and stylish new picture book Dalmatians Pongo and Missis live in London with their beloved owners. When Missis finds out she’s going to have puppies, they’re all thrilled! But, Missis doesn’t just have one puppy . . . or two . . . or three . . . she has fifteen! When the puppies go missing, Pongo and Missis know that there’s only one woman who can be behind the dognapping: the notorious Cruella de Vil. They strike out across the city and—with a little help from the street dogs of London—rescue their pups and many, many more from a terrible fate.

  4. Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum - A never-before-published Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art! Based on a manuscript and sketches discovered in 2013, this book is like a visit to a museum—with a horse as your guide! Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself. Discover full-color photographic art reproductions of pieces by Picasso, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Deborah Butterfield, Franz Marc, Jackson Pollock, and many others—all of which feature a horse! Young readers will find themselves delightfully transported by the engaging equines as they learn about the creative process and how to see art in new ways. Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s original sketches, acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner has created a look that is both subtly Seussian and wholly his own. His whimsical illustrations are combined throughout with “real-life” art. Cameo appearances by classic Dr. Seuss characters (among them the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and Horton the Elephant) make Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum a playful picture book that is totally unique. Ideal for home or classroom use, it encourages critical thinking and makes a great gift for Seuss fans, artists, and horse lovers of all ages.

Little Bro, Big Sis book
#74
Little Bro, Big Sis
Written and illustrated by Rocio Bonilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A sister and brother are bothered by one another until they realize that two siblings might be okay after all.

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh book
#75
The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh
Written by Supriya Kelkar and illustrated by Alea Marley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from happy sunny yellow to courageous red. He especially takes care with his patka--his turban--making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

Oh No! Look What the Cat Dragged in book
#76
Oh No! Look What the Cat Dragged in
Written by Joy H. Davidson and illustrated by Jenny Cooper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

"Grandma's acting worried, and looking very grim. She never knows each morning, just what the cat dragged in!" Mice and lizards and bats . . . EEEW! What will the cat drag in next? This hilarious picture book has a fun "yuck" factor that will make kids laugh again and again! A week at Grandma's house descends into chaos when her adventurous kitty--who sneaks out every night through a flap in the door--drags in an assortment of increasingly icky creatures. From creepy crawlies and hissing snakes to an angry, snarling weasel and a load of dirty laundry, each day's "gifts" grow wilder and wilder . . . until Grandma comes up with an ingenious way to put a stop to her wandering feline's nighttime fun. Children will love chanting along with the refrain "OH NO NO NO! Look what the cat dragged in" and will delight in Jenny Cooper's gleefully gory illustrations.

Polar Bear's Story book
#77
Polar Bear's Story
Written by Harriet Blackford and illustrated by Manja Stojic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In the frigid Arctic, a polar bear is born, with thick white fur to protect her from the cold. This engaging nonfiction picture book accompanies her as she plays, learns to hunt, grows up, and goes off on her own. Through beautiful art and a poetic, fact-filled story, younger children will learn about how these beautiful animals live, and the challenges they face because of climate change.

Find Spot at the Library book
#78
Find Spot at the Library
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

There's a costume party at the library! Spot wants to dress up as his favorite character. Can you find Spot now that he's in costume? Join Spot and all his friends as they read books in the library and think about their favorite books and characters. With all the humor that made Where's Spot? a children's classic, the engaging lift-the-flap format, and a lovely celebration of reading and books, this is sure to be another favorite Spot adventure.

  1. Hi, Jack! - From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. Meet Jack: He lives in a tree house. His interests include snacks, petty theft, and lipstick graffiti. Jack also loves his friends, he just has a funny way of showing it sometimes . . . A perfect read-aloud with snappy, rhythmic text, this series will bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books and fill the Elephant-and-Piggie-shaped hole in young readers’ hearts.

  2. Ruby Finds a Worry - From the creator of Perfectly Norman comes a sensitive and reassuring story about what to do when a worry won't leave you alone. Meet Ruby--a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It's not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . . And a little bigger . . . Until eventually, the Worry is ENORMOUS and is all she can think about. But when Ruby befriends a young boy, she discovers that everyone has worries, and not only that, there's a great way to get rid of them too . . . This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotional intelligence and sharing hidden anxieties.

  3. Jack Blasts Off - From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him and Rex on a one-way trip to outer space. While she enjoys some rare peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble, resulting in their exile to the dark side of the moon. After an alien chase and some snacks, Jack and Rex get blasted home to Earth. But will the Lady take naughty Jack back?

  4. The Llamacorn Is Kind - A fanciful cross between a llama and a unicorn, Llamacorns are cuddly, magical friends who are spreading kindness. Llamacorn land is filled with special creatures. Meet the well-known and beautiful Unicorn, the clumsy Buffalocorn, a big, blue Walruscorn, the fearsome Tigercorn, and more in this playful introduction to the land of the Llamacorn . . . "But watch for the one who will be your friend, who will share his cookies, and play pretend, the nicest creature you'll ever find--" . . . who could it be but our new friend the Llamacorn! Coombs' poetry paired with adorable illustrations, endearing characters, and a gentle message of kindness will make The Llamacorn Is Kind an instant favorite.

Ordinary Mary's Positively Extraordinary Day book
#83
Ordinary Mary's Positively Extraordinary Day
Written by Emily Pearson and illustrated by Fumi Kosaka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-12

Follow Mary in this feel-good story as she once again inspires others with positivity and kindness through a variety of ordinary deeds! Including examples that happened at schools as a result of using the first book, this book focuses on the ability kindness has to change an entire school. Can one child's good deed change the world? It can when she’s Ordinary Mary—an ordinary girl on her way to her an ordinary bus stop and an ordinary school—when with one act of kindness she makes a friend. Through her school day, Mary’s courage and kindness spreads, reaching farther than could ever be imagined.

Mama's Work Shoes book
#84
Mama's Work Shoes
Written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

All about the adjustment a toddler makes when her mother returns to work, this humorous picture book takes on a big emotional milestone with a light hand. Perry knows all of Mama's shoes. She knows that the zip-zup shoes are for skipping and swinging in the park. She knows that the pat-put shoes are for splishing and splashing in the rain. And she knows that no-shoes are for bath time and bedtime. But, one morning Mama puts on click-clack shoes, and Perry wonders what these new shoes are for. When Mama drops Perry at Nan's house, and the click-clack shoes take Mama away for the whole day, Perry decides she hates these shoes! Perry later hides the click-clack shoes . . . and all of Mama's shoes, just in case. Mama then explains that the click-clack shoes bring her to work in the morning, and they will also bring her home to Perry every single evening--clickety-clack fast!

Grace Goes to Washington book
#85
Grace Goes to Washington
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

"Who's in charge here?" When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Should they buy new sports equipment? Books for the library? Instruments for the music room? The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Exploring government buildings and national monuments, Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday. But she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things! In this follow-up to New York Times best seller Grace for President, Kelly DiPucchio not only introduces how our government makes decisions, but also shares what it takes to be a true public servant.

Melrose and Croc Find a Smile book
#86
Melrose and Croc Find a Smile
Written and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Melrose has lost his smile - will Little Green Croc help him to find it again? This glowing picture book from the creator of the Blue Kangaroo series is perfect for sharing with little children who are making friends.

Astrid and the Sky Calf book
#87
Astrid and the Sky Calf
Written and illustrated by Rosie Faragher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a sky calf visits the Hospital for Magical Beasts out of the blue, Dr Astrid tries to diagnose the newcomer and apply her usual treatments. But the sky calf doesn’t respond and it isn’t clear what is wrong. How can Astrid nurse the sky calf back to full health? A sensitive story about how empathy and compassion can help make a real difference.

  1. Sometimes We Do - Johari loves Daddy days, when he and his father make pancakes and play with trains. Together Johari and his father chat about size, number, amount, recipes, and family chores. Playful illustrations allow a glimpse of Johari's fantasy world and invite further discussion of the book's early math concepts.

  2. Here Comes Stinkbug! - Stinkbug can really stink. But when it starts bugging his friends, Stinkbug wonders if it's time to stop doing what stink bugs do best. This is a funny bug story about when it's okay to stink and when it might be wiser not to.

  3. Morris the Mole - Up from the darkness, he springs from his hole . . . Explorer! Enthusiast! MORRIS THE MOLE! With a twirl of his spade and a twitch of his nose, Morris makes TUNNELS wherever he goes . . . Will Morris dig his way to trouble? Or will his hard work pay off in an unexpected way? Morris's adventures underground (and above) are hugely entertaining and full of joy.

  4. Turnabout Shapes - In this clever book of die-cut shapes, you can see how a watermelon changes into a bird's beak--or how a tulip becomes a mermaid's tail. The pages connect to each other not only with their die-cut holes but also with zippy, rhyming text that makes for loads of fun. Filled with colorful art, this is a book that's pleasing to the eyes, the ears, and the fingers.

A Friendship Yarn book
#92
A Friendship Yarn
Written by Lisa Moser and illustrated by Olga Demidova, Lisa Moser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Porcupine and Badger have always been the best of friends, so when Porcupine finds some yarn in the woods, she makes a present for Badger. And when Badger finds yarn, she makes a present for Porcupine. The only problem? It’s the same yarn—and to finish the gift, they each must unravel the other’s creation. An act of kindness turns into a fierce standoff as the friendship frays—can Porcupine and Badger set aside their differences and knit themselves back together?

Manny Loses His Fangs book
#93
Manny Loses His Fangs
Written and illustrated by Giuliano Ferri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The best thing about being a vampire bat is scaring all the other animals. With enough practice, Manny hopes to become the scariest vampire bat in the world. But his world is rocked when his baby fangs fall out, and no one thinks he's all that scary anymore. How will Manny handle this unexpected turn of events? This is a lighthearted look at what happens when things don't go the way we plan, and how friendship can spring up in the most unexpected ways.

Winter Cats book
#94
Winter Cats
Written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Ela Smietanka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Willy's an indoor cat who dreams of becoming an outdoor cat, but his parents tell him that indoor cats and outdoor cats are different. When he sees the outdoor cats having tons of wintery fun, he decides to sneak out and join in! Willy and his new outdoor friends soon learn that labels are meaningless in the face of friendship.

The Lost Homework book
#95
The Lost Homework
Written by Richard O'Neill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this new addition to our ‘Travellers’ Tales’ series, Sonny devotes his weekend to helping his neighbours and fellow Travellers with a variety of tasks. He uses many skills, from calculating the amount of fuel needed for a journey, to restoring a caravan. In fact, the only thing he doesn’t do over the weekend is his homework – his workbook is missing! What will his teacher say? This new picture book by Richard O’Neill champions the idea that many skills learned at home are as important as those learned at school.

The Things book
#96
The Things
Written and illustrated by Petronela Dostalova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Thing leads a simple life with its friends, Cactus and Moose the Shadow Puppet... until the day Thing sees Other Thing through the telescope! How will Thing react, and what will happen when Moose the Shadow Puppet suddenly disappears? A quirky story about how generosity, understanding and tolerance can lead to true friendship.

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